56 Ratings
Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains

Wine Description

92-94 pts - Wine SpectatorA mix of elegance and power, with deep, dark, concentrated cherry cassis, spicebox and cedar notes. Chewy, rustic nuances of herb, eucalyptus, leather and sage flavors fill out on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

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    The nose on this was explosive with ripe, juicy cassis and plum with cedar, tobacco and spice There was a warming feel to the aromas which spoke in a gentle tone encouraging me in for a sip The palate is firm, tight and minerally with an abundance of black fruits, chocolate and oak up front The mid palate is rounded, very well balanced with violets, damson and herbs The finish is long and elegant with great freshness and acidity

    about 7 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (2007 Vintage) Rating: 92+/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/22/2011
  • Wine Spectator
    (2012 Vintage) A beautifully structured wine, with firm acidity and tannins that show grip and grit amid a core of dense, tense currant and blackberry fruit, turning juicy. Those seeking classic old-school Cabernet will embrace this. Cellaring for five to seven years is the right approach.
  • Robert Parker
    (2006 Vintage) Rating: 94+/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/22/2010
  • International Wine Cellar
    (2008 Vintage) Rating: 89(+?) - As reviewed by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on Sep-00.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2008 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Aug-06.